Did you know that the first Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung? It was held on April 24, 1955. Since then, the Bandung Conference has become the popular term for this event.
As history reveals, the end of World War II became the start of the cold war between Russia and the USA. The combating dominance between these two countries pushed other countries to pick sides. Twenty-nine states from Africa and Asia joined the seminar. They unanimously stated to be a block that was the third in the world, called Non-Aligned. They agreed on the international ethos known as the Spirit of Bandung. They declared Dasa Sila Bandung (the Six Principles of Bandung). It is a commitment between the members to remain in peace and to practice tolerance.
Over time we found the conclusion of the war and the downfall of the federation. Still, the Non-Aligned block became more crucial than ever before. It’s a result of the substantial PDB of these Asian African countries, and two-thirds of world inhabitants resided here.
So in 2005, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of African American Convention. The result was to renew The Spirit of Bandung and also to create the New Asian African Strategic Partnership. It centred on underdevelopment and poverty, which have been regarded as major problems in Africa and Asia. The latest Asian African Convention was held on April 19-24, 2015. The theme for this conference has been “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity”. The three outcomes of the seminar were the Bandung Message, a record to energize NAASP, along with a statement of support.
Asian African Museum
The first Asian African Conference was held in Bandung, in a building called Gedung Merdeka (Freedom Hall). Subsequently, on April 24, 1980, through the 25th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, Gedung Merdeka became the African Museum. The screens of this museum are primarily related to the convention, such as country profiles of the members of Bandung Conference photos through the agreements and diorama about the very first African Conference’s launching. This museum is under the umbrella of Foreign Ministry. Therefore it’s an audiovisual room and a library where we can know about the history, social, cultures and politics of African and Asian nations, as well as documents on the conference.
Considering the history, every time there’s an Asian African Conference commemoration, some aspect of the event would regularly be hauled in Gedung Merdeka Bandung. The primary Asian African Seminar started the Bandung Walks. It was a brief stroll from Savoy Homann Hotel into Gedung Merdeka. The ceremony proceeds by the President of Indonesia to the opening speech.
Now, Jalan Asia Afrika Bandung looks more beautiful with all the summit’s decoration, such as the world form of the Asian-African Solidarity Monument, the Six Principles of Bandung Monument, and the stone bottoms on the sidewalk. Every rock sphere is sculpted using the titles of manhood and tiny flags. Shoot pictures before sunset, and many people love to stroll along this road until they reach the city square. By using outdoor and indoor exhibits, the Asian African Museum has outdone itself.
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